ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk How to pronounce oligarch (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce oligarch (audio) \

Definition of oligarch

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

Examples of oligarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Justice Department wants to seize a Cleveland office tower linked to a Ukrainian oligarch who is under FBI investigation for international money laundering. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Justice Department seeks to seize 55 Public Square through forfeiture over money laundering allegations," 30 Dec. 2020 But when their fortune becomes entangled with that of a charismatic oligarch, darkness descends with rapid speed. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 In 2015, freeports became the center of one of the biggest art scandals to date, involving Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier and his client, the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Where the Superrich Store Their Art to Avoid Taxes," 24 Dec. 2020 For example, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian oligarch who was initially supportive of Putin, spent 10 years in prison after running afoul of the Kremlin. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Who is Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic in a coma after suspected poisoning?," 20 Aug. 2020 The judgment comes as federal authorities investigate the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky and his associates. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Cleveland office tower tied to Ukrainian oligarch defaults on $18.5 million loan," 5 Dec. 2020 Prosecutors say Zuberi worked for years as an unregistered foreign agent for at least a half dozen countries and officials, including a Ukrainian oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Fox News, "'Mercenary' donor sold access for millions in foreign money," 1 Dec. 2020 Dimon is entitled to give his opinion, but his tone was not that of a constituent or even a businessman battling for his shareholders, but of an oligarch. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Great Reset: If Only It Were Just a Conspiracy," 27 Nov. 2020 The Republican lobbyist Samuel Patten pleaded guilty in 2018 to illegally arranging for a Ukrainian oligarch to purchase four tickets to the inaugural for $50,000. New York Times, "Can America Restore the Rule of Law Without Prosecuting Trump?," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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The first known use of oligarch was circa 1610

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12 Jan 2021

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“Oligarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarch. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

somewhat formal : a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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